Sunday
Jun282015

CSSSN July 2 2015 Meeting Speaker: Michelle Cloud-Hughes on New Cholla Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis

The meeting is Thursday, July 2, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.)The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Michelle Cloud-Hughes 

Michelle's specialties are botany and ecological restoration, particularly within the southwestern U.S. deserts. She is currently Proprietor at Desert Solitaire Botany and Ecological Restoration. For just over 17 years she was a Project Manager of the Soil Ecology and Restoration Group at San Diego State University Research Foundation.

TOPIC:  "Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis: A New Cholla Species from Riverside and Imperial Counties"

Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis is a newly-described cactus found in Riverside and northern Imperial Counties. This talk will focus on the characteristics that distinguish this intriguing and beautiful species, how to differentiate it from other common cholla species of the region, and the best areas to find it. Other cactus species found with Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis will also be described.

We'll be hearing about the plant found in deserts similar to the one shown below in the Riverside and Imperial Counties of Southern California!

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Other Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: July: Michelle Cloud-Hughes - Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis; August: Victor Lindsey - CSSA 2015 Biennial Convention Review!; 

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Sunday
May312015

CSSSN June 4 2015 Meeting Speaker: Woody Minnich -"Madagascar, the Plants, People and Places." 

The meeting is Thursday, June 4, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Woody Minnich

Woody's short biography is on our site posted as a comment to this post. It's impressive. He knows his stuff and we cactus and succulent folks admire and respect his contributions and accomplishments.

TOPIC:  "Madagascar, the Plants, People, and Places"

Check out these photos just to whet your appetite!

        

 

Sunday
May312015

CSSSN May 7 2015 Meeting Featured: Cactus & Succulent Tour of Mexico prepared by Paul Klaasssen

The meeting was Thursday, May 7, at the Garden Club Building (Twin Lakes and Washington). Those of us that attended not only benefited from the presentation, but following the meeting congregated with each other and in general talked at length about landscaping, our collections, hikes and the upcoming CSSA Biennial Convention June 14-19. (see this link: www.cssa2015.com) and the Nevada Garden Clubs, Inc. recent shows and Spring State Meeting at the Garden Club Building on June 6. 
We wish particularly to extend our appreciation to Paul Klaassen for his February presentation on the many "Foggy Deserts" he has visited. and that he was gracious enough to leave additional presentation material in the the trust of Pete Duncombe. One of the most interesting subjects (to me) through this Tour of Mexico was Ariocarpus. The photo documentary showed what seems to be the plant's ability to recede into what looks like was at one time a muddy flood plane and then push their inflorescense up through the dry cracked desert crust. For more from Paul, see: https://pkcactus.wordpress.com/presentations/
(Actual photo in desert conditions.)
How can this tortured plant become as beautiful as something like this?

 

 

(Wikipedia illustration) 

 

 

And in real life as photographed by Rick Holmes.   

Other Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: June: Woody Minnich -"Madagascar, the Plants, People and Places."; July: Michelle Cloud-Hughes - TBD

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

 

Sunday
Mar292015

April 2 2015: Speaker Jan Emming: Large Scale Desert Gardening

The meeting is Thursday, April 2, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Jan Emming

TOPIC:  Desert Gardening Landscapes on a Large Scale 

Jan is the founder of Destination: Forever Ranch and Gardens (see link: http://dfranch.com/

The ranch is in Yucca, Arizona. Jan is an independent adventurous "cactus wrestler" with a passion to preserve the desert, as well as increase public awareness of the beauty of the desert and desert plants.  We were fortunate to host Jan several years ago when he spoke about the issues of desert wild fires. This time we get to hear more about some of his gardening trial and tribulations on his ranch. If you are not able to attend the meeting, make sure you come to our next show and sale later in April to meet Jan and talk about his desert escapades.

Find out more about Jan on facebook at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/jan.emming?fref=browse_search    

BRING FRIENDS, RELATIVES, FELLOW EMPLOYEES, AND GARDENING ENTHUSIASTS: Our new VP, Stephenie with her helpers Pete and Victor, are putting together a year full of top notch speakers. This is the 3rd in our Speaker Series this year. MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND. SEATING IS LIMITED! PLEASE SIGN IN AS A GUEST OR A MEMBER.  

 Other Agenda Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: April, May, June activities.

Microclimates & Private Collections: Please send me some photos for the website! I'm sure we've all got something we could share. To the left is a sample of landscaping on a small scale from Susan Kent's backyard hodgepodge.

Raffle/Auction: Consider cleaning out that plant rack, the pups from the garden, the plants you no longer want to "show" or otherwise maintain: DONATE THEM TO THE RAFFLE! or consider auctioning them off or donating them to the overall garden club in one of their fund raisers.

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.

Sunday
Mar012015

March 5 2015: Speaker Steve Plath: IT'S SPRING SHOW TIME!

The meeting is Thursday, March 5, at the Garden Club Building on the east end of the newly revamped Lorenzi Park property. The address is 800 Twin Lakes Drive, (used to have an address of 3333 W. Washington Ave.) The BUILDING DID NOT MOVE. The address simply changed. It is still at the corner of Twin Lakes Drive and Washington. The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to bring something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)

About the Speaker: Steve Plath

TOPIC:  Preparing and Showing Cacti and Succulents" 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve has participated in and "taken the show" in some of our recent events at Moon-Sun Cactus and Koi Gardens. He's a familiar friend and strong supporter of our club. Check out the links below, because there is more to Steve than his private collection of show quality cactus and succulents. He has years of solid contract growing experience. He takes pride in growing trees suitable for the many desert revegatation projects in the southwest. Once in while we're lucky enough to purchase from him!

Links to Signature Botanica, his company, on facebook and his company site are:  

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Signature-Botanica-LLC/121555767909578    

http://www.signaturebotanica.com/

BRING SOME FRIENDS TO THIS: Our new VP, Stephenie with her helpers Pete and Victor, are putting together a year full of top notch speakers. This is the second in our Speaker Series this year. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO ATTEND. SEATING IS LIMITED! PLEASE SIGN IN AS A GUEST OR A MEMBER. We may not have "show ready plants available, but we will have some auction/raffle plants that have the potential to become either your show entry or landscape beauty. 

 Other Agenda Items:

SPEAKER SERIES CONTINUES: April, May, June activities.

Microclimates & Private Collections: Please send me some photos for the website! I'm sure we've all got something we could share.

Raffle/Auction: Consider cleaning out that plant rack, the pups from the garden, the plants you no longer want to "show" or otherwise maintain: DONATE THEM TO THE RAFFLE! or consider auctioning them off or donating them to the overall garden club in one of their fund raisers.

2015 Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Dick Askew, Treasurer; Vicki Yuen, Secretary. At large board members Pete Duncombe, Jay Nietling, Phil Lawton. WE SEEK OTHERS! Volunteers for various activities still needed.